09/12/2011

creatures

I'm captivated by the symbol of strength in the lion, what a creature. This applique panel forms part of a larger wall hanging I'm working on. I've been inspired by Inuit textiles to use different embroidery stitches to give texture to the piece.


This book is called 'Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art from the Canadian Arctic', by Katharine W. Fernstrom and Anita E. Jones. Its a lovely, inspiring book that looks at the Inuit textile tradition, profiles several of the artists and also provides diagrams of many of the embroidery stitches used. I love the use of applique and embroidery together. 

I also recently learned how to needle felt as an embellishment, so really look forward to incorporating that into something.

Here are a couple of prints I made on my print course. Now that I look at the picture above and the print below I see a parallel there too! Which is funny because the print is adapted from a drawing I did before I saw this book.



This was intended to be this years Christmas card, but I've made a different one in colour that's better I think. I'll show you next week, they're in the drying rack at the print studio!